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No Resolutions for Me, Thanks.

Did you make any New Year’s resolutions for 2015?  I did not, nor do I plan to do so for any forthcoming year.  Let’s face it, the custom of making and breaking resolutions has gotten to the point where the concept of making resolutions at the beginning of the year has become a threadbare joke.

Between you and me, I have better things to do with my time and energy.  That is why I made myself three promises for 2015.

I promise to cut back on refined carbohydrates.  I freely admit that I love bread in all its forms, and pasta too.  I’m going to start things like using the cauliflower pizza crust I have seen online, and I’m going to get a vegetable mandolin so I can make veggie “pasta”.  I will also actively avoid any carb that is not whole grain, with a preference for organic items.

I promise to be more diligent about working out six days a week.  The past month or so has not been conducive to my usual 7:00 PM workout schedule.  Between various church committee meetings, holiday outings, and a cold my schedule was all messed up.  So I am going to start doing early morning workouts-which I frankly hate-on those days when I know there is an evening conflict.  Now, to be clear, I’m not saying I’m doing the toughest or longest programs in my library but I will do something.

I promise to accelerate my decrappification and simplification efforts.  I need to make a concerted effort to catch up on my self-imposed program of eliminating that which is unnecessary from my home and life.  That being the case, I am going to do a room each weekend when I can devote uninterrupted time to the process.  I will use the “three pile” method: keep, sell, and donate.  Once I’m done in any particular room, nothing that serves no purpose will be allowed in.

For the record, when I make a promise it is as good as kept.  So, you can take these three promises to the bank!

Happy New Year 2015!

Happy New Year 2015!

Dinner Decrappified

I’ll be honest here.  I enjoy eating good food-sometimes I enjoy it a bit too much.  But I am not so much a fan of cooking.  Since the alternatives are cold cereal or dining out, I cook anyway.

But I’m not in the mood to get into some time-consuming process when I get home from work at night, especially since I do most of my workouts in the evening.   So I decrappified the process!

I took about an hour of active work time last Sunday and prepared three large batches of food for the coming week.  I made a crock pot of corn chowder with cubed extra firm tofu in it; a pasta dish consisting of sauteed mushrooms, onions, and grape tomatoes with white wine over spaghetti; and a mixed vegetable and tofu stir fry with brown rice.

So, when I get home from work this week, I’ll nuke a plate or bowl of already-prepared food, whip up a mixed greens pre-mixed salad and grab a piece of whole grain bread, and I’m all set to go!  A little investment of time and effort up front thus leads to a much simplified evening routine for me.

Now, if I could just figure out how to get the cats to clean up the house while I’m at work.

You and Your Scale

What kind of relationship do you have with your scale?  Here are a few things to keep in mind for a healthier relationship with your scale.

You don’t need to weigh yourself daily.  Set a different increment—once a week, maybe, or even less often—by which you will weigh yourself and stick to it.

Your weight can fluctuate 2-4 pounds from day to day.  There are a number of factors that can greatly affect your weight from one day to the next including the amount of salt in your diet and when you had your last meal, among others.

Don’t obsess on a number alone. In addition to weighing yourself, track your progress by taking measurements, getting your body fat tested, and/or keeping track of how your clothing fits.

Lastly, remember that your character is far more important than a hot body.  Do your best, take care of yourself and be health, but know that your self-worth is based on who you are on the inside, not on a number on the scale!

Points in Favor of Eating Organic

There’s a lot of information available on whether eating organic food is any better for you than eating conventionally raised food. There are some fairly strict standards in place for a product to qualify as organic under Federal definitions. Skeptics (and Food, Inc. lobbyists) claim that organic food is not significantly more nutritious than organic food.

Duh. No kidding. That’s not the point. It’s more than just vitamin content that’s at stake.

For example, I have read that the USDA finds pesticides on a regular basis in the skins of things like peaches, apples, tomatoes, and potatoes. That alone is enough to convince me to eat organic. I go out of my way to avoid eating additives, preservatives and so forth. I sure as heck don’t want to eat insecticide in any amount! Bio-accumulation anyone?

As a rule of thumb, organic produce and meat are raised at smaller, often family-scale farms, so buying organic generally helps small businesses. As to organic meat, it’s a foregone conclusion that the animals had a better life on a small farm than they do in commercial facilities like hog or chicken factories, making this an ethical choice as much as scientific. That’s another pair of points in favor by my reckoning.

Finally, certified organically raised produce does not include any genetically modified organism (GMO) seed stock, nor are animals given GMO feeds. I’ll come right out and say it: I don’t trust Frankenfood! Nothing Monsanto or Con Agra says will convince me otherwise.

Clean Eating

Last autumn I did Beachbody’s Ultimate Reset, a 21 day detoxing program.  A major component of the program was a comprehensive eating plan.  Briefly, the food in the program consisted of whole, unprocessed foods-raw as often as possible, and vegan the last 14 days.  I feel I had been eating sensibly for a while prior, but this program really gave me an opportunity to reassess my eating habits.  With only a few exceptions, I have been eating clean since I ended the program.

Clean eating, or thoughtful eating, may seem intimidating to one who isn’t familiar with it, but it’s actually quite liberating.  Sure, it took a few weeks to kick the Doritos cravings, but there’s actually less involved in thoughtful eating than you might expect.  Here’s the big difference:  thoughtful eating is pro-active, not reactive. Once you get past that paradigm shift, you’re golden.